SACHA YANOW: CHERIE DRE
SEPTEMBER 9 – OCTOBER 9, 2016
Reception with the artist:
Friday, September 9,
4:30–6:30 pm at the Cooley
The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, is proud to present Cherie Dre: New York-based artist Sacha Yanow’s immersive new installation. The exhibition is part of a larger solo performance project about Cherie Dre, the showgirl alter ego of Yanow’s grandmother who suffered from bipolar disorder before modern diagnoses and treatment. Developing the performance at the Cooley, Yanow transforms the gallery into an environmental stage set: a psychological, social, and physical landscape. At times, visitors may encounter Yanow working and rehearsing in the space.
Yanow embodies her own imagining of Cherie Dre through covers of Yiddish pop songs by the Barry Sisters, dance routines, monologues, and conversations with her grandmother. The space is simultaneously her grandmother’s bedroom in the Bronx in the 1950s, Cherie Dre’s ballroom stage at the Concord resort hotel in the Catskills, and Yanow’s own research area.
As in Yanow’s previous work, Cherie Dre weaves together personal experience with broader queer and feminist social histories. Specifically, Cherie Dre excavates the artist’s relationship to gender and femininity, magical thinking, gambling, and performance, alongside the history of the Borscht Belt and Jewish entertainers in America.
Exhibition curator: Stephanie Snyder, John and Anne Hauberg Curator and Director, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College.
The exhibition and all related events are free and open to the public.
Image: Shirley Gould/Cherie Dre ca.1950. Copyright: Sacha Yanow.
In addition to her Cooley residency and exhibition, Yanow will present her most recent solo performance work Dad Band in Reed’s Black Box Theatre.
Dad Band performance information:
September 15, 7:00 pm
Reed College Performing Arts Building, Black Box Theatre
FREE, reservations required through PICA
Reservation info will be posted by August 15, 2016
Dad Band is an intimate psychological portrait of the artist’s father, her internalized dad, and patriarchy in general. For one night only, “Dad” covers and lip-synchs to his favorite songs from the 50s and 60s, shares footage of his 1970s winning appearance on the To Tell the Truth game show, presents motivational speeches, and more. Dad's button-down shirts become his costumes, his yellow notepad—usually reserved for stock market details—contains his set list, and his Agatha Christie novel collection and Wall Street Journal become his props. Over the course of the evening, we get to know Dad as he dances, sings, screams, and lectures. Dad Band and Cherie Dre are companion pieces, part of Yanow’s ongoing investigation of personal and social histories through queer embodying.
Dad Band is presented as part of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art 2016 Time-Based Art Festival. Originally commissioned by the New Museum, New York in 2015, Dad Band was conceived and premiered during Wynne Greenwood's Kelly exhibition at the New Museum in New York, curated by Johanna Burton, Stephanie Snyder, and Sara O'Keeffe.
Sacha Yanow is a NYC based artist and actor. Her solo performance works include: Dad Band, New Museum, NYC (2015); Silent Film (In development), The Lab, San Francisco, Pieter, Los Angeles, and MAPP/Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY (2015), Dixon Place, NYC (2014), and Movement Research Festival, NYC (2013); and The Prince, Dixon Place, NYC (2013). Her residencies and awards include: LMCC Process Space (2016); SOMA, Mexico City (2015); Dixon Place, NYC (2014); Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY (2012); and The Field, NYC (2011). She was creative consultant for Elisabeth Subrin’s feature film A Woman A Part (2016), and co-director and dramaturge for Dynasty Handbag’s performance piece Soggy Glasses (The Broad/REDCAT 2016, Brooklyn Academy of Music 2014). Yanow received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a graduate of the William Esper Studio Actor Training Program.